Iowa Tourism Grants - FY14
The Iowa Tourism Office Grant Program includes $185,000 in FY14. Staff at the Iowa Tourism Office is administering the program, but a team of industry representatives created the program’s components and eligibility requirements. Tourism industry peers will review and score each application and determine grant recipients. Download the full Grant Program Overview [PDF]
FY15 Grant Program
We are in the process of drafting administrative rules that will essentially serve as law to govern the program. These rules will remove gray areas so applicants know how to write the most successful applications and so that the state of Iowa can fairly administer the program.
A timeline for creating and implementing the administrative rules is below. We're asking for your feedback via this survey to help us draft the rules that will be introduced for approval by the legislature's Administrative Rules Review Committee. The survey is open through Friday, November 22.
In addition, we also encourage you to contact a member of the Grant Guidelines Committee to share your thoughts. Or, contact the Iowa Tourism Office by email or at 515.725.3090.
Finally, we will host a feedback session on Wednesday, December 10 at 2 p.m. at the Iowa Economic Development Authority in Des Moines. You may attend this meeting by phone. If you would like to call in, please RSVP to Evelyn Davis who will share calling instructions.
November 5: Surveys distributed for feedback
November 26: Iowa Tourism Grant Guidelines Committee Meeting
December 6: Draft rules distributed to tourism industry, feedback requested
December 10: Feedback meeting at IEDA, 2 p.m.
December 16: Feedback from Iowa tourism industry due
December 23: Final draft rules given to Grant Guidelines Committee
December 31: Final draft rules given to IEDA legal counsel for submission to administrative rules process
May/June 2014: Rules approved and adopted
May/June 2014: FY15 application available
FY14 Grant Program
Application & Training
The program is divided into three parts: Marketing, Meetings & Events Development and Professional Development.
August 27, 2013: Application Training
August 28, 2013: Applications Available
October 1, 2013 at 4 p.m.: Applications Due
October 16-18, 2013: Awards Announced (during Iowa Tourism Conference)
Grant Program Questions:
Frequently Asked Questions
All nonprofit organizations, city/county government entities and for-profit businesses are eligible to apply. Applicants must be tourism-related and based in the state of Iowa.
Maximum awards range from $2,000 to $5,000 per applicant, depending on the program. Minimum amounts range from $100 to $500. The committee reviewers may choose to make a smaller award than the applicant requested.
The amount of funds in each program will be dependent on the number of grants applications that are submitted.
In the application, applicants must upload a letter confirming that the applicant or another partner is providing 25% of the project’s cost in cash match. In-kind match is not an eligible match. Cash match from any other state government-funded grant program is not eligible.
Projects must occur in the state’s current fiscal year, between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014. OR expenses for the project must be incurred in FY14. For example: A professional development training may take place in August 2014 (FY15), but a deposit on the venue rental was due and paid for in June 2014 (FY14). Additional eligibility requirements are outlines on each program’s summary sheet.
Other Important Notes:
Applications can earn more points for submitting projects that are new, innovative and collaborative and for their participation in the tourism regions and tourism industry.
The FY14 grant applications are entirely online, making it easier for you to apply and for reviewers to score.
To receive grant funds, successful applicants must sign the IEDA's standard grant contract, which is the same basic grant contract IEDA uses for most programs.
Your peers will review and score your application. Volunteer to be a part of the review team